Saturday, 28 August 2010

Abstract Mystic - 'Dudes' (Part 1)

Offbeat Artistic Observations
~ dudes 1 ~

'Dudes' probably won't be the final title but I haven't got one yet so that'll do.

This is a resurrected set of canvases which were rotting away quietly in a corner of my damp basement studio (literally - I had to scrub the mould off them) and it was either try and do something with them or dump them. They'd already had a couple of aborted bases layed down on them and were a kind of slightly textured off-white, so I went with that and attacked them with the aerosol I had to hand.

In the pictures above you can see the end of this initial stage, and I could have done this on the virgin canvas to be honest. I then had quite a bit of wondering and wandering around the things, and flicking through books and trying to work out where the painting was going to go from here.

In idea from an old Klee drawing set me off on an idea, and I was about to start painting some shapes on the canvas, trying to decide whether to use masking tape or just do it freehand, when I noticed some bits of old raw canvas lying around and thought, that'll do.

So here, at the end of the next step, above, you can see that I've chopped up and stuck on some bits of the aforementioned canvas. Any idea where I'm going with this? If so, let me know please, because I'm not sure yet!

I'm also a bit nervous because I'm preparing to get out in the street and put my first street art up on the walls of Paris. I tested the glue on a tile in the famous damp basement and it hasn't fallen off yet. The thing is, it has to stick, and stick real good, real fast, because I don't intend on hanging around decorating walls any longer than absolutely necessary. I guess I'll get used to it, like I got used to walking around for hours a few years ago sticking up ads for English lessons, but right now it's still unknown territory.

As I've already said, I'm painting three very similar paintings at the same time for the street art project, and I'm going to arrange them all differently in three different parts of Paris, so they really will be all different works and will nicely illustrate my infinity squared and no-beginning and no-end concept. People can also amuse themselves trying to collect sightings of them all. It's late, so more later folks! Sleep tight, and comments are welcome as ever.

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Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contract me directly for enquiries about buying paintings, interviews, etc.

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